Management Plan

What's the future of Hamilton Gardens?

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Hamilton City Council is reviewing the Hamilton Gardens Management Plan to reflect the current aspirations for the development and management of the gardens. The Hamilton Gardens Draft Management Plan produced in 2019 was generally well received except for a proposal to move the carpark to the Rhododendron Lawn. After a two-month public consultation period, a petition was created opposing the carpark’s proposed location. Council is responding to that concern with a new proposal that places the carpark elsewhere and leaves the Rhododendron Lawn intact.

Overview

The Draft Management Plan 2019 proposes a new layout to improve the experience of visitors to the gardens and allow for new developments to take shape. The Plan also proposes improvements in traffic flow and better access for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

Currently parking is fragmented throughout the site; the disconnection between the two entrances is confusing. None of the carparks are easily accessible and there is congestion during busy times. The original plan included repurposing the Rhododendron Lawn as carparking. The new layout will locate carparking in a different area, preserving the Rhododendron Lawn. This will also affect the roading, cycleway and path alignments. The rest of the original plan was well received, and this remains the same.

Here are the key features:

  • The new layout proposal leaves the Rhododendron Lawn untouched.
  • To improve traffic flow, both vehicle entrances (Gate 1 and Gate 2) will be linked by an internal road, but it is now proposed to run this through the upper part of the Gardens alongside the municipal nursery.
  • The upper and lower carparks at Gate 2 will be expanded. (The overall area of carparking won’t increase substantially from existing usage. However the Gate 1 carpark area will be used for garden development, making better use of the river frontage.)
  • A treetop walkway with views of the Rhododendron Lawn is proposed to provide a gently graded access from the upper carpark areas to the main entrance.
  • An attractive new cycleway is proposed through the centre of the Gardens, utilising the existing road with a new bridge over the gully.
  • The new layout retains some benefits of the previous proposal including improved traffic flow and traffic management, creating space for more gardens, and allowing controlled access into the enclosed theme gardens.

This draft version of the Management Plan has not been updated since the original proposal in 2019 to reflect public feedback. It will be updated in full after the second public consulation closes in August 2020.
Download: Hamilton Gardens Draft Management Plan 2019 [PDF, 41 pages, 3.5MB]

Goals

  • GOAL 1 To create a world class garden experience
  • GOAL 2 To improve the capacity and practical operation of the Hamilton Gardens site
  • GOAL 3 To enhance the value of Hamilton Gardens to the local community
  • GOAL 4 To protect and sustain Hamilton Gardens for future generations

What's next?

Public consultation on the Draft Management Plan was open from 8 April to 9 June 2019. After this two-month public consultation period, a petition was created opposing the carpark’s proposed location. Council is responding to that concern with a new proposal that places the carpark elsewhere and leaves the Rhododendron Lawn intact.

We heard your response and we have developed a new concept that retains the Rhododendron Lawn. But before this new concept is given the green light, we want to make sure it meets your concerns.

Have your say

Public consultation on the new concept will be open from 11 July to 9 August 2020. Pick up a form from the Hamilton Gardens Information Centre or have your say online: www.hamilton.govt.nz/HaveYourSay